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UCLA Children's Book Collection


Children's literature emerged as a distinct and independent genre only a little more than two centuries ago. Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, books were rarely created specifically for children, and children's reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and "courtesy books" (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. In these books illustration played a relatively minor role, usually consisting of small woodcut vignettes or engraved frontispieces created by anonymous illustrators.
New attitudes toward children and their education began to develop in the late seventeenth century, when many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs and when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. By the early eighteenth century interest in children's literature (and a rise in literacy) led to new markets and a flourishing of new publishers, particularly in England. Innovations in typography and printing allowed greater freedom in reproducing art through engraving, woodcut, etching, and aquatint, although illustrators were still largely anonymous and illustrations confined to frontispieces.

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Conduct of life
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Children's stories
131
Children -- Conduct of life
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Christian life
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Children's poetry
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abbott, jacob, 1803-1879
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hughs, mrs. (mary)
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day, thomas, 1748-1789
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johnson, r. (richard), 1733 or 4-1793
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goodrich, samuel g. (samuel griswold), 1793-1860
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may, sophie, 1833-1906
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California Digital Library
by [Kendall, A.]
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The school for parents -- Pity recommended to youth -- The faithless guardian
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by [Martin, Selina]
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eye 2,014
favorite 0
comment 0
Original brown cloth with white paper label on spine
Topics: Insects, Insect societies
NUC pre-1956
Topics: Fairs -- Great Britain, Children's poetry
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,318
favorite 2
comment 0
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Bobbett & Edmonds; Doepler, Carl Emil, 1824-1905; Bobbett, Albert, ca. 1824-1888 or 9; Edmonds, Charles, b. ca. 1823
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eye 1,242
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's red morocco-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topic: Vermont -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
texts
eye 761
favorite 0
comment 0
Eggplant purple ribbed cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Vacations
California Digital Library
texts
eye 826
favorite 1
comment 0
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
texts
eye 818
favorite 2
comment 0
Contemporary blue cloth, embossed
Topics: Voyages and travels, Storytelling
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,911
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's forest green bead-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topic: Children's poetry
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
texts
eye 766
favorite 2
comment 0
Red cloth over boards blocked in blind
Topics: Farm life, Conduct of life, Winter
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
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eye 686
favorite 0
comment 0
Pine green embossed cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Vacations
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891
texts
eye 981
favorite 0
comment 0
Royal blue sand-grain cloth over boards, blocked in black, gold and blind
Topic: Switzerland -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
texts
eye 617
favorite 1
comment 0
Black ribbed cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Dispute resolution (Law) -- United States
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Gilbert, John, Sir, 1817-1897; Whymper, Josiah Wood, 1813-1903
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eye 809
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's pine green morocco-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind; pages waterstained
Topics: Altruism, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 993
favorite 0
comment 0
Publisher's blue illustrated wrappers
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891
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eye 1,235
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's maroon embossed cloth over boards; spine blocked in gold
Topic: Netherlands -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
texts
eye 761
favorite 1
comment 0
Forest green patterned cloth over boards, blocked in gold
Topics: School children -- Conduct of life, Students
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
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eye 699
favorite 1
comment 0
Quarter red sheep and blue nonpareil marbled paper over boards; brown sprinkled edges
Topic: Letter writing
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
texts
eye 945
favorite 1
comment 0
Spec. Coll. copy 1 = maroon embossed cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind. Ex libris Elvah Karshner. Inscribed "George Henry Witherle 1841" on upper free endpaper
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Child collectors, Collectors and collecting
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Andrew, John, 1815-1875
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eye 796
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's maroon embossed cloth over boards; spine blocked in gold
Topic: Switzerland -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
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eye 969
favorite 4
comment 0
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Worcester, Fernando Edwards, b. 1818
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eye 1,065
favorite 3
comment 0
Publisher's quarter gold cloth and red and gold patterned paper over boards
Topics: Forests and forestry -- Maine, Logging -- Maine, Maine -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Pinkney, Samuel J
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eye 1,262
favorite 0
comment 0
Publisher's pine green bead-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topic: Orkney (Scotland) -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
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eye 654
favorite 0
comment 0
Quarter red sheep and nonpareil marbled paper over boards; spine stamped in gold; sprinkled edges
Topics: Water, Science
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Doepler, Carl Emil, 1824-1905
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eye 765
favorite 0
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Publisher's pine green sand-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Geneva, Lake (Switzerland and France) -- Description and travel Juvenile literature, Geneva...
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,165
favorite 2
comment 0
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
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favorite 1
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Labor lost -- The two little wheelbarrows -- Causey-building -- Rollo's garden -- The apple-gathering -- Georgie
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Work ethic
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,747
favorite 2
comment 0
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Doepler, Carl Emil, 1824-1905
texts
eye 1,034
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's pine green sand-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Geneva, Lake (Switzerland and France) -- Description and travel Juvenile literature, Geneva...
California Digital Library
texts
eye 950
favorite 1
comment 0
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879; Croome, William, 1790-1860; Pelton, Oliver, 1798-1882
texts
eye 1,473
favorite 1
comment 0
Maroon hatch-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind; water-damaged
Topics: Christian life, Conduct of life, Boston (Mass.) -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Absolon, John, 1815-1895; Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906
texts
eye 1,691
favorite 4
comment 0
No bibliographical citations found
Topics: Children's poetry, Mice, Cats
California Digital Library
by Absolon, John, 1815-1895
texts
eye 1,126
favorite 1
comment 0
Osborne Coll.
Topic: Blind children
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,023
favorite 1
comment 0
Yellow printed wrappers
Topics: Courtship, Marriage
Topics: Food adulteration and inspection, Food, Lead Poisoning, Food Poisoning
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,384
favorite 3
comment 0
Publisher's cream hatch-grain cloth over boards, blocked in blue, pink, green and gilt
Topic: Boys -- Conduct of life
Mottled calf over boards; in case
Topics: Fables, Folklore, Animals
Quarter sheep and green paper over boards; in case
Topics: Fables, Animals
Brown roan over boards
Topics: Fables, Folklore, Animals
Green cloth over boards blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Obedience
California Digital Library
by Aimwell, Walter, 1822-1859
texts
eye 1,188
favorite 0
comment 0
Brown diagonal wavy grain cloth over boards, blocked in blind and gold
Topics: Obedience, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,331
favorite 0
comment 0
Brown cloth over boards blocked in blind
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Obedience
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
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eye 1,213
favorite 1
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With: Olive Logan's Christmas story. New York : American News Company, c1867
Topics: Pride and vanity, Balls (Parties), Evening gowns, Cross-cousin marriage
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Morse, W. H
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eye 3,468
favorite 3
comment 0
Blanck. Bib. of Amer. lit.
Topics: Friendship, Young women -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Alcott, May, 1840-1879; Billings, Hammatt, 1818-1874; Andrew, John, 1815-1875
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eye 21,139
favorite 31
comment 2
Blanck. Bib. of Amer. lit.
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Topics: Family, Young women -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
texts
eye 1,706
favorite 3
comment 0
Blanck. Bib. of Amer. lit.
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Family
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Pratt, Anna Bronson Alcott, 1831-1893
texts
eye 1,577
favorite 3
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A foreword, by Meg -- Norna, or, The witch's curse -- The captive of Castile, or, The Moorish maiden's vow -- The Greek slave -- Ion -- Bianca : an operatic tragedy -- The unloved wife, or, Woman's faith
Topic: Melodrama
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
texts
eye 2,398
favorite 3
comment 0
(from t.p.) Vol. 1. My boys, etc. -- v. 2. Shawl-straps -- v. 3. Cupid and Chow-Chow, etc. -- v. 4. My girls, etc. -- v. 5. Jimmy's cruise in the Pinafore, etc. -- v. 6. An old-fashioned Thanksgiving, etc
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
texts
eye 2,644
favorite 11
comment 0
The frost king, or, The power of love -- Eva's visit to fairy-land -- The flower's lesson -- Lily-Bell and Thistledown -- Little Bud -- Clover-Blossom -- Little Annie's dream, or, The fairy flower -- Ripple, the water-spirit -- Fairy song
Topics: Conduct of life, Fairies
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Hoppin, Augustus, 1828-1896
texts
eye 1,228
favorite 1
comment 0
Kitty's class-day -- Aunt Kipp -- Psyche's art
Topics: Conduct of life, Family
California Digital Library
by Alcott, William A. (William Andrus), 1798-1859
texts
eye 1,096
favorite 1
comment 0
Purple diagonal fine-ribbed cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Christian literature for children, Christian life, Conduct of life, Sunday school teachers
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885
texts
eye 666
favorite 1
comment 0
The light-hearted girl -- Cheerful obedience -- Submission
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Christian life
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Kilburn, Samuel Smith
texts
eye 863
favorite 1
comment 0
The cardinal flower -- The thunder storm -- I'm for peace -- The blue-bird's nest -- The jack-o'-lantern -- The fountain
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Christian life
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Filmer, John
texts
eye 899
favorite 3
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The burial of the first born -- Taking him in hand -- Cruelty to the fatherless boy
Topics: Christian life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885
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eye 615
favorite 1
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The lost lamb -- A day in June -- The poor paymaster -- Forgiveness -- The drunkard's daughter -- The looking-glass
Topics: Christian life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885; Chapin, John Reuben, 1823-1894
texts
eye 1,118
favorite 1
comment 0
Red diagonal wave-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Christian life, Conduct of life, Soldiers -- Conduct of life, War -- Moral and ethical aspects,...
California Digital Library
by Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907; Eytinge, Solomon, 1833-1905
texts
eye 1,995
favorite 1
comment 0
Bib. of Amer. Lit.
Topic: Boys -- United States Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by American Baptist Publication Society
texts
eye 1,277
favorite 0
comment 0
Includes eight short sketches of children who exemplify Christian principles
Topics: Children -- Religious life, Christian life
California Digital Library
by American Cereal Co. (Chicago)
texts
eye 1,398
favorite 20
comment 0
Topic: Advertising -- Cereals, Prepared
Red cloth over boards blocked in blind, and in gold on spine
Topics: Teenage girls -- Education, Preparatory school teachers, Girls -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 561
favorite 1
comment 0
Illustrated orange wrappers. Inscription on lower paste-down (not included in pagination)
Topic: Christian life
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 847
favorite 0
comment 0
Blue cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Christian life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 821
favorite 1
comment 0
Quarter black sheep and marbled paper over boards. Ex libris Elvah Karshner
Topics: Girls -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union; American Sunday-School Union. Committee of Publication
texts
eye 549
favorite 0
comment 0
Disbound
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 782
favorite 0
comment 0
Brown diagonally ribbed cloth over boards, blocked in blind; spine blocked in gold
Topics: Birds, Humane education
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 830
favorite 1
comment 0
Brown patterned cloth over boards, blocked in blind
Topics: Christmas, Conduct of life, Single-parent families, Theft
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 875
favorite 0
comment 0
Publisher's buff printed wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topic: Dogs
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 620
favorite 1
comment 0
Dark blue cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind. Inscribed to: Miss Mary E. Norman, April 1848. Gift of UC Santa Cruz
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 824
favorite 0
comment 0
Quarter black sheep and Spanish marbled paper over boards; spine lettered in gold: Self-denial. 50
Topics: Christian literature for children, Sunday school literature
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union; Hood, Edwin Paxton, 1820-1885
texts
eye 840
favorite 0
comment 0
Violet-blue morocco-grain cloth over boards, blocked in blind; spine blocked in gold
Topics: Conduct of life, Proverbs
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 776
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's printed green-blue wrappers; illustration on upper wrapper; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Christian life, Lambs, Pets
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 554
favorite 0
comment 0
Blue honeycomb grain cloth over boards, blocked in blind; spine blocked in gold
Topics: Conduct of life, Christian life
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 596
favorite 1
comment 0
Beige printed self-wrappers
Topics: Animals, Christian life, Children -- Religious life
California Digital Library
by American Sunday-School Union
texts
eye 823
favorite 0
comment 0
Publisher's purple cloth, blocked in gold and blind. Inscribed on flyleaf: Nancy Goodwin, Beverly. Bookplate of the Beverly Public Library, dated June 1927. Purchase, Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts Company, 1999
Topics: Christian life, People with disabilities, Conduct of life